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    Use a measuring cup to monitor how much you are feeding. The bowl could be deceiving and making it difficult to be precise. If you are feeding her twice a day, then a cup up to a cup and a half should be good depending on how active she is. If she still has soft poo, then it may be an indication that this food may not be best for her. As also mentioned, keep track of how many treats and other foods she gets. Potty treats can add up with frequent trips outside. I now just use a couple of pieces of kibble for potty treats and my boy is just as happy.


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    [QUOTE=Corlando465;309856]Use a measuring cup to monitor how much you are feeding. The bowl could be deceiving and making it difficult to be precise. If you are feeding her twice a day, then a cup up to a cup and a half should be good depending on how active she is. If she still has soft poo, then it may be an indication that this food may not be best for her. As also mentioned, keep track of how many treats and other foods she gets. Potty treats can add up with frequent trips outside. I now just use a couple of pieces of kibble for potty treats and my boy is just as happy.

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    She is very active. She is always up and down everywhere. I don't give her treats. Can the soft poop be cause I am not feeding her enough? When I get home from work, which is close to midnight. She takes me to the kitchen and waits by her bowl and moves it. ( she is telling me she wants to eat ) - ..

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    I don't think soft would be the case if she wasn't getting enough food. Soft from over feeding is because her body is ridding the excess nutrients that it doesn't need/can't absorb during the digestion cycle. Don't let these smart little pups fool you. My pup ALWAYS tries to convince me he is hungry! I don't think he'd ever leave his bowl as long as there was food in it and if he thought nudging his bowl would get me to put food in it, then he would push it all over the house. LOL. They know how to play us. Measure her kibble and if she is getting 2-2.5 cups a day then she is getting plenty, as long as your are feeding her good quality food - like Fromms. The cheaper foods may require more because of the fillers and they also aren't as satisfying. You can also give green beans and other veggies as a filler if she still acts hungry.

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    One more thing...I was looking back on this post and notice you feed morning and afternoon and then also mention working nights. What is the time span between feedings. Two feeding should be no closer than 10-12 hours apart. I feed 7:30 am and 6-6:30 pm. If her feedings are closer together, then you might try cutting her meals into thirds - morning, afternoon and then midnight while keeping the total amount the same. If feedings are too close then that could cause the inconsistency in her poo, too.


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    Haha. I feed her BlueWilderness Puppy ( Six star food ) - When she looks at me and moves her bowl, I don't feed her. Because I don't want her to eat and then go to . lol * thats a no no.. . Thanks for the advice. What kind of veggies can I give her? Carrots?

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    [QUOTE=Corlando465;309916]One more thing...I was looking back on this post and notice you feed morning and afternoon and then also mention working nights. What is the time span between feedings. Two feeding should be no closer than 10-12 hours apart. I feed 7:30 am and 6-6:30 pm. If her feedings are closer together, then you might try cutting her meals into thirds - morning, afternoon and then midnight while keeping the total amount the same. If feedings are too close then that could cause the inconsistency in her poo, too.
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    I feed at 7:00am and then next feeding is around 8:30pm. - She asks me for food at times when I get home from work but I don't feed her. Is there a way I can split the food for 3 feeding a day?
    Probably feeindg 1/2 cup. morning , evenining, when I get home from work? Is that possible or would that cause the soft poop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luis323 View Post
    Haha. I feed her BlueWilderness Puppy ( Six star food ) - When she looks at me and moves her bowl, I don't feed her. Because I don't want her to eat and then go to . lol * thats a no no.. . Thanks for the advice. What kind of veggies can I give her? Carrots?
    Wait a minute. You have a puppy right? I thought you had one under 3 months old or something... I would avoid supplementing with table food until you get his poop all cleared up, so no veggies except maybe for pumpkin if his stools are too soft or too firm. If the dog acts like he's still hungry, don't feed veggies for a filler. That would do more harm than good when your dog is exhibiting digestive issues. Give him a Kong or a Bully Stick to occupy him instead.

    Okay, like everyone said, measure his food. The recommended Blue Wilderness Puppy amounts are listed on the back of the bag. For an adult size of 50lbs (which most bulldogs end up in), the recommended amount is 1.5-3 cups for puppies between 3 and 5 months old. At this age, you would want to spread this out between 3-4 feedings. Giving a young pup bigger feedings less often could cause loose stools. Some young pups can handle twice a day feedings, some can't. Yours could possibly be one of the can'ts. When the dog reaches 6 months old, then you can try the twice a day and see if his stools remain firm. Now, the feeding guide at the back of the bag is just that - guideline. You will have to adjust the amount of food depending on how your puppy looks - if he's too fat (rolly polly shape, can't easily feel the ribs through the skin, stomach hanging down) lessen the amount food. If he's too skinny (ribs poking out, lethargic), increase the amount of food. Don't just add food just because he's begging you to give him some... dogs are opportunistic feeders, he'll potentially eat 10 cups of food if you give it to him.

    At this point, I don't think it's the food that is the problem so I wouldn't switch just yet.

    Hope this helps.
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    Frozen green beans are usually a big hit. Some raw carrots are okay but start slow and see how she does. My guys also likes steamed broccoli, cauliflower, cooked green beans but then I haven't found anything he won't eat. LOL. If 3 half cup feedings will work with your schedule, then it's worth a try.


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